Recently, Kelty has launched many unique pieces of camping equipment, and this Kelty Camp Cabin 4 Tent review is about one of them. This is a free-standing camping tool with enough space for four people.
Camp Cabin 4 – description
As the name indicates, this is a tent for four people, with a very specific and unique design. The tent is very high, with no less than 196 cm at the highest point. This together with its 62 ft² (5.8 m²) floor surface and with almost vertical walls, provides a huge volume and space in the tent.
The whole setup procedure is nicely presented in the Kelty’s video below, so no need to describe the steps here. The tent walls are waterproof, built of the same material as the floor and the fly. The floor is bathtub-type so you are safe in the case of a lot of water around.
The waterproof walls provide a lot of privacy, but this also raises the question of ventilation. There are mesh windows on all sides, see the picture below, and the ceiling is completely a mesh as well, so this should allow for enough air flow.
Such a wall design allows for a very small fly which is there only to cover the top mesh, you can see it in the first picture above. As you can see from the pictures, the door and all the windows can be rolled out and fixed to the walls.
The tent is designed for four people as the name suggests, but ideally, I would use it for two only, maximum for three, and this is mainly because there are no vestibules for gear. But being so high, this tent allows for bunk beds inside, this would surely give much more space for your gear. With such an organization I see it as a great tool for festivals and for other open-space gatherings.
What is in the package
You have the following items included:
- Tent carry bag.
- Tent body.
- The fly.
- Two main legs (green steel and fiberglass).
- Brow pole line (black steel).
- Rear arch pole (green fiberglass).
- Guyline cords.
- Tent stakes.
Note that there exists the corresponding Camp Cabin Footprint that can be ordered separately.
Here is the promotion video by Kelty, this guy looks really happy, please have a look:
Pros & Cons
Here is my short summary:
The Kelty Camp Cabin is heavy, but this is not a true objection. This is a camping tool, so this is something to use at places with a car or motorbike access, and in such circumstances, its weight should not be an issue. Much more important is the fact that it packs so nicely, 31 x 8 inches tube (79 x 20 cm), so you can store it easily at home, in the car trunk, or you can attach it to your motorbike and transport wherever you want.
The question of the missing vestibule or awning is a different story. With the floor area 5.8 square meters, the Cabin indeed offers enough space for 4 people. Compare this with Marmot Limelight 4 with 4.9 square meters of space, and Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 with 5.3 square meters. But these backpacking tents also offer 3 and 2.5 square meters of space under vestibules, respectively. So, no doubt you would have to combine the Camp Cabin with some of the great Kelty’s tarps, just see these Noah tarps in various sizes.
There is one door only but it is very large, just see the pictures, so this is not a big issue even for 4 people. But the thing that comes to mind is the lack of vents. I wonder why they did not add a few in the lower sections. This would allow for a free air circulations when the door and windows are closed.
The fly is so small and it is designed only to cover the top mesh. This is probably good enough because the wall and the floor are waterproof, 1800 mm each, the same as the fly, and all windows and the door have storm flaps on their zippers.
Because the tent is so high, the question that comes to mind is about its stability in the case of a strong wind.
The price at the moment of writing this text is $230, I would say reasonable for such a tool.
Specifications & summary of features
- Freestanding design.
- Minimum weight: 15 lb 12 oz (7.2 kg)*.
- Packaged weight: 16 lb 10 oz (7.5 kg)*.
- Seasons: 3.
- Number of doors: 1.
- Capacity: 4 people.
- Floor area: 62 ft² (5.8 m²).
– Length: 96 in (244 cm).
– Front width: 105 in (277 cm).
– Rear width: 82 in (208 cm).
– Height: 77 in (196 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 31 x 8 in (79 x 20 cm).
- Number of poles: 4 (2 legs, 1 brow, 1 back).
– Poles: fiberglass and steel.
– Wall, floor, fly: 68D polyester, 1800 mm.
- Taped seams.
- Rain cap fly.
- Windows on all sides.
- Steep walls provide a lot of volume.
- No-see-um mesh ceiling and windows.
- Internal storage pockets.
- Big D door.
*Please see my another text about this terminology.
To conclude this Kelty Camp Cabin 4 Tent review, regardless if you like this design or not, Kelty has yet again come out with something unique. But this is not surprising for this brand, many pieces of their equipment are presented in the site, and many of them with at least something exceptional in the design. This tent is an interesting camping tool ideal for festivities and for ordinary camping at spaces with car access.
I pointed out the issue of vestibule and awning, well, see the Kelty Mirada Tent, which is a totally different design, also for 4 people.
Note, there exists also a 6-person version of the Camp Cabin, with all the same features.
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